DuMont chef found dead near Pennsylvania cemetery

July 25, 2013 Heather Chin
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Acclaimed DuMont chef and restauranteur  Colin Devlin was found dead in his car of a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, just a day after being reported missing by his family. Pennsylvania State Police found his car parked outside a cemetery in Fogelsville, Pennsylvania.

The news shocked fans of the 42-year-old, whose restaurants, DuMont, DuMont Burger, and Dressler, have been on New Yorkers’ must-try lists for years (they opened in 2001, 2005, and 2006, respectively), and whose future plans included opening a new restaurant on Myrtle Avenue.

However, Dressler recently had to close following an expired lease failing to be renegotiated.

Devlin was last seen at around 2:25 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, leaving his house on Devoe Street in Williamsburg. According to a report in the Daily News, his wife allegedly speculated that he may have been headed to the family’s second home, located in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. That was where a gun was kept in a locked safe.

The NYPD’s missing person report described Devlin as 6’1″ tall, weighing 180 lbs., with blue eyes and brown and gray hair. He was last seen wearing a green shirt, blue jeans and blue sneakers.

It is unknown at this time what will happen to Devlin’s two remaining restaurants.

Devlin’s death brings to mind the similarly tragic death of fellow restauranteur Joshua Rubin in December, 2011, who was found shot to death, his body badly burned, outside Allentown, Pennsylvania — a 15-minute drive from where Devlin was found. However, Rubin, who ran Whisk Bakery Cafe, a small cafe in Ditmas Park, was presumed murdered, while police are investigating Devlin’s death as an apparent suicide.

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